Why Society

Here at The Charred Barrel Society, we take pride in providing real reviews for real people. We do not put our sole focus on the expensive bottles, regardless of how much we may enjoy them. We review the everyday charred barrel beverages that you will see at your local gathering place or store. Our reviews are based on a sliding scale that is determined by price and blind taste. Read More

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    July 16, 2015
    6:21 pm
    Written By Paul Stanfield

    Let me set this up for you.  Picture a lovely, warm June day, and you are in the car with your wife and two young kids heading to the beach! Everyone is in a great mood, the traffic is flowing smoothly, and the radio is blasting a song by an artist you are unaware of, but it sure sounds fun.   As the song nears its completion, all four people in the car are singing and dancing, smiles and laughter abounding.  The last note plays, and you exhale while saying “that was fun…who sings that song?”  Your five year old quickly

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    May 28, 2015
    11:32 am
    Written By CharredDave

    Sometimes you come across a bottle that simply stands out on the shelf because of the basic nature of its shape.  With an old world feel, as if it was hand blown or primitively cast, Bulleit's bottle alone attracted my attention enough for me to purchase it for a society tasting.  Having no history with the drink, the bottle made me commit to the purchase, and now Bulleit 90 Proof Bourbon is no longer a stranger to the society's senses. When the society performs its reviews, they are always performed blind. We believe that our tastings and ratings are less

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    May 7, 2015
    11:30 am
    Written By Kevin DeShields

    The Charred Barrel Society was birthed out of a desire to find the greatest values in whiskey - be that top OR bottom shelf.  In the fall of 2013, my family went through a bit of a financial transition - going from a dual income family to a single income. Suddenly I could no longer afford the $30+ bottles of whiskey I was accustomed to buying each week. I hoped for a hidden gem on the bottom shelf that would still be a satisfying (albeit, not perfect) whiskey that would fit our new budget. I remember walking into my local

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One of the best ways to taste is out of a Glencairn glass.  Their unique shape help funnel the right nose and pallet so you get the highest tasting experience.